The dispute between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Interflora has taken a new turn, with the Court of Appeal overturning the previous High Court ruling that M&S had infringed Interflora's trade mark rights in its name by purchasing and using it as a Google AdWord, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 November 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks
The Richemont Group, owner of luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc, has secured a landmark website blocking order against the five main retail internet service providers in the UK. Shoosmiths looks the conditions a trade mark holder must meet in order to secure a website blocking order.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 November 2014 | Practice Area: Trademarks
Earlier this year the European Court of Justice decided that holiday pay calculations should include commission, and this week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that holiday pay should also factor in non-guaranteed overtime. Shoosmiths sizes up the impact of this closely watched case.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 November 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights
While the burden on online retailers to deliver goods to consumers within 30 days previously existed, the new contract regulations, implemented on 13 June 2014, reaffirms this requirement for online retailers. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the potential pitfalls for business.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 November 2014 | Practice Area: Sale and Supply of Goods and Services
The debate over tattoos in the workplace is raging on, with the most recent case being of a tattooed teaching assistant who was allegedly sent away on the first day of her new job. Conversely, the army has now relaxed their tattoo policy - Shoosmiths offers some practical tips for business.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 30 October 2014 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment
It has long been established that the costs of proceedings can be recovered by the winning side. However, what was uncertain was whether these costs could include the work of in-house lawyers. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at a case which has removed this uncertainty.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 October 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation
Justice secretary Chris Grayling recently outlined proposals to quadruple the current six-month sentence for people found guilty of internet trolling. In this briefing, Shoosmiths offers practical steps businesses can take to protect themselves or their employees from cyber-abuse or internet trolls.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 October 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement
References are often requested during the recruitment process - but are they worth the paper they are written on? In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the dangers of providing - or not providing - a reference and what employers can do if they receive an unsatisfactory reference.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 October 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights
Public procurement rules are changing across Europe, and the UK government has just published a first draft of the new regulations that it proposes will implement the changes. A consultation process is underway - in this briefing, Shoosmiths lists some key points to note in the proposed regulations.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 October 2014 | Practice Area: Public Procurement
The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently found that an employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed when he took time off to care for his pregnant partner. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the reasons for the decision, and sets out the learning points for employers.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 October 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals
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